The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 275
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RELIEF WORK FOR THE SICK AND DYING. 275
FLEES FROM HORRIBLE SIGHTS.
"When I found we could get out of the city I declared I would
go at all cost. I thought of home and my parents and I wanted to
telegraph, just like thousands of others, that I was safe.
" It was days before we could get away, however, and then it
was in a most terrible confusion. Eighty-eight persons crowded on
a small boat and started for Houston.
f "The day we left the militia was out in all its force. I could
hear the sharp reports of a rifle and the wail of some soul as he
paid the penalty for his thieving operations.
"Later I saw the soldiers with their glistening rifles leveled
at scores of men and saw them topple forward dead. Oh, they had
to shoot those terrible beasts, for they were robbing the dead. They
groveled in blood, it seemed.
" I saw with my own eyes the fingers of women cut off by
regular demons in the search for jewels. The soldiers came and
killed them and it was well.
HUMAN BODIES IN FIRE HEAP.
" As we made our way toward the boat that was to take us
-from the City of Death I saw great clouds of smoke rising in the
air. Upon the top of flaming boards thousands of bodies were
being reduced to ashes.
" It was best, for the odor that arose from the dead bodies was
awful. Still it made one's heart ache with a sorrow never to be
equaled as one witnessed little children tossed into the midst of
the hissing flames. Do you wonder I cry?
" Before me, no matter which way I turned, I could see dead
bodies, their cold eyes gazing at me with staring intentness. I
closed my eyes and stumbled forward, hoping I might escape for
a moment the sight of dead bodies, but no; the moment I would
open them again, right at my feet I would find the fory of some
" Coming to Chicago on the train I read the papers. They
are mistaken, away wrong. They only say 5,000 dead. It will be
more than Io,ooo. I know I am right; every one in Galveston
Here’s what’s next.
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/333/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .